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Sydney is home to so many attractions that it’s hard to know where to begin! One of the best attractions in Sydney is the food, and from luxury restaurants to beachside diners, the city is home to a wealth of cuisine that you simply can’t miss out on. There’s no doubt that Sydney is a big place, so make things easier for you when visiting, here are some of the top food festivals to experience, each seamlessly combining culture, cuisine and entertainment, all under one roof!

Fresh From The West Food Festival

Every Sunday, Western Sydney Parklands plays host to the Fresh From The West Food Festival, one of the week’s best hubs for international cuisine. With locals and tourists alike flocking from all over the city, expect there to be queues for pretty much every stall going, however once you get to the front and experience the wealth of selection, you’ll be instantly glad you came. With international chefs cooking up fresh and innovative dishes, live baking shows and a number of television personalities lending a hand on screen, this is an event like no other, and there are even workshops for children as well as adults.

Bankstown Bites Food Festival

Bankstown Bites 2014

Another of Sydney’s famous food festivals, Bankstown Bites is usually held around July, however 2014’s date is yet to be confirmed. This is the real home of foodies in Sydney, and with such a vast selection of dishes and cooking styles from all over the world, the exhibits here are educational as well as entertaining. Sydney is quite a diverse city as it is, but Bankstown Bites is where all the different cultures come together to enjoy the wonderful foods they all bring to this magnificent city. From celebrity chefs to live television classes and cooking contests, you could easily spend the day here, so don’t forget to bring your camera as well as your appetite.

The Secret Vegetarian Food Bazaar

Held every July in the heart of Sydney, the Secret Vegetarian Food Bazaar is a community event like no other. There’s no television cameras here or celebrity chefs, simply just a big group of food lovers who come together to cook and share techniques and recipes. There’s absolutely no advertisements of any kind about the Secret Vegetarian Food Bazaar, and that’s why it’s so secret! Main meals cost around $8, and some stalls will even include a desert too. This festival, although small, is very humble, so there’s no need to expect alcohol stands or rowdy crowds as you make your way through the diverse range of cuisines.

Wahroonga Food and Wine Festival

Food is best consumed when partnered with great wine, so what more could you ask for from the Wahroonga Food and Wine Festival? There’s no better way to spend a warm summers day than sampling the local wines as tasting great cheeses and other snacks, all in the lush outdoors of Wahroonga Park. Celebrating gourmet produce and fresh food, this festival is a must visit for first timers in Sydney.

 

 

An alternative holiday for both travellers and tourists which are becoming increasingly popular are cruises. With a wide variety of destinations and ships to choose from, you can pick the perfect getaway for you and if you have any queries there’s experts available to tailor the holiday to meet your needs exactly. Here are the world’s top five largest cruise ships:

1, MS Allure of the Sea

Owned by the Royal Caribbean International, MS Allure of the Sea is currently the largest cruise ship in the world. Together with her sister ship – Oasis of the Seas – the Allure holds the record for the largest constructed passenger ship. The Allure has 16 decks that are filled with amazing and unique activities you’d never thought possible on a ship; surfing, riding on a classic carousel and flying down a zip line suspended nine decks high are possible on the Allure. Check out the rest of the ship by viewing this amazing video on Cruise kings, as well as the fantastic offers and deals.

 

The Allure of the Seas

2, Norwegian Epic

This Norwegian Cruise Line ship managed to steal 2nd place in the world largest ship rankings after another vessel’s construction had to be cancelled. The Norwegian Epic is the newest ship to join the fleet in the NCL cruise range with exciting new features never before seen on a cruise ship, like the Svedka ice bar – yes, a bar made entirely of ice, definitely something worth seeing!

3, Queen Mary 2

The Queen Mary 2 is the first major ocean liner built since Queen Elizabeth 2, although it’s not of British construction, it was designed by a British architects. This ship is owned by the Cunard Line and is the longest, widest and tallest passenger vessel in the world, in fact it’s even taller than the empire state building! The Queen Mary 2 is the perfect cruise ship for British guests to enjoy a relaxing and luxurious holiday.

 

Queen Mary 2

4, Royal Princess

This popular cruise liner is the third ship to sail for Princess Cruises under this name. She has fewer pools than the other Princesses, but makes up for it with more dining options and public areas available to guests. One reason this cruise ship is so popular is because it appeals to many different people. From relaxing libraries to high-rolling casinos, the Royal Princess is perfect for special occasions and family holiday alike.

5, MSC Preziosa

The newest ship to join the fleet at MSC is also the largest. MSC wanted to maintain the classic design that the rest of the vessels have’ however, the Preziosa has some unique features separating it into its own class of style and luxury. It’s been made to suit everyone’s needs; there’s a large children’s water park to keep the young ones entertained while you relax around the adult-only pool or the various bars and restaurants.

MSC Preziosa

If the idea of a cruise holiday sounds appealing to you, but you’re apprehensive about trying something this different, you should consider taking a mini cruise instead. Mini holiday cruises available at Cruise Kings are usually three or four days long with a few ports on call for you to experience what it would be like on a regular cruise. Great for parties or a short relaxing break you can enjoy a mini cruise with either friends, family or with your partner. If you’re still unsure, Living Locurto has a fantastic set of top tips for first time cruisers.